Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs

Ingredients

For the marmalade glaze

  • 1 Cup  orange juice
  • 4 Teaspoons  lemon juice
  • 1 Cup  orange marmalade
  •  Pinch of  salt
  •  Pinch of  white pepper
  • stick unsalted butter

For the ribs

  • 2 Pounds  alligator ribs
  • 1 Cup  tangerine juice
  • 1/3 Cup  Key lime juice
  • 1/3 Cup  lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • sprigs thyme, stemmed
  • sprigs oregano, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon  orange zest
  • 1 Teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  black pepper

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by Steven W. Siler

These Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs are out of this world. If you've never had alligator ribs before, you're completely missing out on a local delicacy. These ribs are a local favorite in the gator-rich habitats of Florida, where they're a popular and delicious treat.

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Directions

For the marmalade glaze

Combine all of the ingredients except for the butter together in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the butter and keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.

For the ribs

Place the ribs in a shallow glass dish or large resealable plastic food storage bag. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a nonreactive bowl, and stir until blended thoroughly. Reserve ½ cup marinade for basting.

Pour the marinade over the ribs and toss to thoroughly coat all pieces well. Cover the dish or close the bag and marinate for up to 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat a gas grill on medium heat or prepare a charcoal grill.

Remove the ribs from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill until the ribs are tender, basting frequently with ½ cup marinade, for about 45 minutes. Then, baste with the marmalade glaze, and serve.

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